Chinese TI10 regional qualifier gets underway

By Jack VioletJuly 7, 2021
Qualifiers for The International 10 have been running over the last few weeks, leaving only two regional qualifiers left: China and Western Europe.
China has ten teams competing in the qualifier which is the least of any region. This is due to having four Chinese teams qualify directly to TI10 through the DPC points, namely PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, Vici Gaming, and Team Aster. China has the largest regional representation at this year’s TI and rightly so after IG and PSG.LGD placed first at the Singapore Major and AniMajor, respectively.
The qualifier will run from July 7 to July 10. Here is the schedule for day one:
Elephant never quite made the mainstage this year. In season one they lost a tiebreaker to PSG.LGD to go to Singapore, then greatly underperformed in season two. The experience and the individual skill are certainly there from Elephant’s players, but the chemistry and coordination have been lacking over the past few months. Elephant recently swapped position five player Ru "RedPanda" Zhihao, who had been on the team since the beginning, for Royal Never Give Up’s Xie "Super" Junhao. With the four teams who have blocked Elephant from international competition gone, will they finally show the world what they’re made of?
EHOME is an organization that has been around since the dawn of Dota. Though they were once regarded as China’s best, EHOME has fumbled over the past few years and hasn't qualified to TI since TI6. They didn’t look too hot in this year’s DPC, sitting in the upper division without qualifying to either Major, similar to Elephant. Another team made up of experienced and skillful players including ex PSG.LGD players Jian Wei "xNova" Yap and Yang "Chalice"' Shenyi as well as carry player Liu "Sylar" Jiajun, will this team be able to restore EHOME to its former glory?
Royal Never Give Up came into the Dota scene back in late 2018 and has undergone many roster swaps. They notably knocked out Virtus.pro and Alliance from TI9, but haven’t had too many LAN appearances. The squad began in the Lower Division in season one and made their way into the Upper Division where they placed seventh. They have had some lackluster results over the past few months but the squad certainly has the potential to make a deep run in this qualifier.
Several of the lower division teams have been floating around the Chinese scene and occasionally match up with some of the bigger names. Phoenix Gaming and LBZS are two of these teams, who recently placed first and second in the Lower Division, respectively. These two teams have occasionally taken series off of some top tier teams. With little room to spare in these qualifiers, if these teams get on a hot streak it could lead them to TI.
Don’t miss out on some excellent qualifiers, beginning with Elephant and Team Magma on July 7. Stay up to date with our event hub!
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